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Ten Fundamental Truths that the Tea Party Needs to Understand

Okay, who’s got Truths #10-15? – promoted by Rosi

Cross-posted from deciminyan

  1. The IRS is not evil.

  2. You can support the troops while still be against the war.

  3. Labor unions are not evil.

  4. It’s easy to compare someone you don’t like to Hilter, Attila the Hun, or Pee Wee Herman.  Why not look for people you could compare to Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, or Jesus Christ.

  5. America is not a Christian nation.  

  6. Who my neighbor chooses as a life partner is not my concern, and will never impact the sanctity and wonder of my marriage.

  7. People have souls.  Corporations do not.  Hence, corporations are not people.

  8. Free, quality public education is a cornerstone of American society.

  9. We can differ on opinion.  We can’t differ on facts – even if Fox “News” says so.

  10. Yes, you are your brother’s keeper.  

A Tale of Three Executives

Hm… promoted by Rosi

  1. Billionaire Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spends $100 million of his own money to help school kids in Newark.
  2. Billionaire ex-EBay CEO Meg Whitman spends $119 million of her own money to buy the governorship of California.
  3. Millionaire New Jersey CEO Chris Christie blows $400 million in Federal dollars by abrogating an agreement between his Education Commissioner and the Teacher’s Union.  Then he has the chutzpah to go on Oprah and bask in Zuckerberg’s generosity.

So the 26-year old is more fiscally responsible than his older peers.  Maybe there’s hope for this country.

Seeing Red

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Cross-posted from deciminyan

Acting New Jersey Governor Kim Guadagno’s executive order establishing a bi-partisan commission to reduce red tape is a feel-good exercise in futility.  While the commission will certainly meet the GOP’s goal of eliminating some of those pesky regulations which help consumers and the non-wealthy, it will be ineffective in making a significant dent in the burgeoning state budget.

The nine-member commission, to be headed by no other than the same Kim Guadagno, will review “administrative rules and regulations, which the administration says can have an impact on job creation, investment and economic growth” according to the Press of Atlantic City.  That would be a great approach if we were living in the 1950s.  

Over the past half-century, better techniques for elimination of bureaucratic waste have been proven more effective and efficient.  

Why won’t it work? more below the fold

One Step Forward – One Step Backward

Cross-posted from deciminyan

Today is a significant day in the quest for access to health care for all Americans.  While it is the day when the first of several insurance reforms take effect at the federal level, we are also seeing the immediate impact of Governor Christie’s mean-spirited veto of women’s health care.

On the national scene, several provisions of the Affordable Care Act go into effect including forbidding denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions in children (unfortunately the same reform does not go into effect for adults for a few more years), elimination of lifetime coverage limits so that families can cope with catastrophic illness with one less thing to worry about, a common-sense approach to inadvertent errors on insurance applications to avert frivolous policy cancellation at the time patients are most vulnerable, coverage of children on parents’ policy  until age 26 which is a must in today’s challenging job environment, and an emphasis on preventative medicine which will drive down costs.  Other provisions are phased in through 2014. While not as good as a single-payer not-for-profit insurance approach, we should celebrate this small victory in today’s toxic political environment.

Meanwhile, here in New Jersey, several women’s health clinics have announced their closing or reduction in hours because our governor would rather balance the budget on the backs of the poor and middle class than tax millionaires.  The $7.5 million for health care that he vetoed is a pittance in the $29 billion state budget and much less than the impact of the tax cut for the very wealthy.  Maybe if instead of flying to Chicago and congratulating himself on Oprah, the governor should scrub the budget, reconsider the breaks for the wealthy, and solve this problem.  While Governor Christie touts his “right-to-life” credentials, I wonder how many lives will be lost and families destroyed due to these senseless actions.  

Witches Brew-HaHa

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Cross-posted from deciminyan

Liberal talk radio is having a field day with mainstream Republican senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell’s admission that she dabbled in witchcraft a decade or so ago.  The talking heads are suggesting that Ms. O’Donnell secure the services of exorcist-turned-governor Bobby Jindal to “cure” her of this malady.

There’s a lot to discuss about Christine O’Donnell, but liberals should know better that religion is not one of them.  

find out why beneath the fold

John Adler (R-NJ)

NJ-3 just gets worse and worse. – promoted by Rosi

Cross-posted from deciminyan

Imagine this scenario.  Freshman Democratic Congressman John Adler defeats footballer Jon Runyan in the November election.  This is plausible because even though New Jersey’s Third District has been gerrymandered to make it a “safe” district for the GOP, Adler has significantly more money with which to campaign, and Runyan is weak on the important issues.  Now, also imagine that nationally, the Republicans take control of the House.

If this scenario were to come to pass, the best thing John Adler could do is to switch parties and become a Republican.  Certainly, his first term voting record mirrors what would have been the voting pattern of his predecessor, long-term moderate GOP Congressman Jim Saxton.  Like Adler, Saxton would probably have voted against health care and would have supported the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.  Also, given the fact that New Jersey’s redistricting based on the 2010 census will be controlled by Chris Christie’s cronies, it is a safe bet that this district will once again be gerrymandered favorably for Republicans.  Switching parties would be a safe bet for Adler to retain his seat for several more terms under this scenario.

This sequence of events would not only benefit John Adler, but it would benefit the District as a whole.   With a GOP majority in Congress, a Republican Adler would be better positioned to promote programs and earmarks that would bring jobs, funding, and other benefits to Burlington and Ocean Counties.  He would still be a minority within his own (new) party because even though he votes more like a Republican, he has not partaken of the Tea Party Kool Aid.  The more moderate Republicans who are sent to Congress (as opposed to Tea Party Republicans), the better off we all will be.  And if Mr. Adler does switch parties after the election, it leaves room for a progressive Democrat to run in 2012, giving voters of the Third District a real choice.

I hope Adler wins; after all, he’s (barely) the lesser of two evils.  And I hope that the Democrats retain control of the House – otherwise this nation is in deep shit.  But if the Democrats do lose, and Adler does win, we are all better off if he honestly admits that he’s a moderate Republican and switches to the GOP.

New Jersey Needs S1872 Like it Needs More Traffic

What do you say, Blue Jersey?  – promoted by Rosi

Cross posted from deciminyan

No one on any point of the political spectrum disagrees with the contention that New Jersey’s public education system is in trouble.  Once the model to which other states would aspire, today our public schools are severely underfunded and the schools’ dependence on an unfair property tax revenue stream exacerbates the situation.  The recent cuts imposed by the Christie administration have compounded the problem by taking an additional one billion dollars from the education of our children.  So why would the New Jersey legislature consider a bill that takes another $360 million from public schools without improving education?  And is unconstitutional as well?

Yet, that is exactly what is happening in the Garden State. (read all about it below the fold)

Why the Republicans Will Win Big in November – And What it Means for America

Cross posted from deciminyan

Dick Polman, one of my favorite columnists, recently penned an article entitled “Making a case that maybe all isn’t lost for the Democrats.”  In that column, he argues that the poll numbers showing huge GOP gains may be premature and that the Democrats have a bigger war chest than their opponents.  As much as I often agree with Mr. Polman (and I do agree with his assertion that no matter how bad the Democrats are, the GOP is worse), I’m afraid he is wrong in his assessment of the November elections.  There are several factors in play that give the advantage to the Grand Old Tea Party:

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Finally – An Adler/Runyan Debate Open to the Public

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I recently lamented that the debates for NJ-3’s congressional seat were in closed-to-the-public radio studios or at for-fee venues.  Well, that’s no longer the case.  John Adler and Jon Runyan will be debating at the JCC in Cherry Hill on October 11 at 7:30PM, and the organizers confirmed to me today that it is open to the public.  Prior to the debate, there will be a cocktail reception with an $18 cover charge, but participation at the reception is not required to attend the debate.  It should be interesting to see how an ex-footballer who has memorized the Tea Party lines does against the Harvard-educated lawyer.

Democracy – For a Price

This race is hotter than hot. I like the idea of weekly debates, and the GOP might disagree but I think Adler would clean Runyan’s clock. – promoted by Rosi

This coming Monday, Congressman John Adler and Footballer Jon Runyan will meet for what is billed as a “Congressional Candidates Forum.”  The event is sponsored by the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce.

Growing up in the ’50’s and ’60’s, I was schooled in the idealized version of American democracy.  Representatives were supposed to be directly connected to the people and pre-election activities were open to all.  But Monday’s debate is not.  It will be held in a fancy hotel in Mount Laurel, and for those who are not members of the Chamber of Commerce, there’s a $40 fee for attendance.  And according to the Chamber’s web site, sponsors for the debate are the Health Care industry and the Insurance Industry.  Don’t expect much push-back discussion on topics that require these industries to better serve their customers.

The Chamber has every right to charge for such an event. (more below the fold)